( BOOKS The January Man ) ✓ Christopher Somerville – thetributepages.co.uk
Christopher Somerville walking correspondent of The Times newspaper documents his walks round the British Isles The book is structured into the
"twelve months of the year s described in "months of the year s described in folk song The January Man nd the chapters re linked by reminiscences of the time Somerville spent walking with his father man who seemed very distant nd forbidding during his childhood but who later became much loved nd dmired companion for some of the walks he recaptures hereThis is warm Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and gentle book rangingcross different regions weather conditions landscapes A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 and customs It is uite straightforwardnd undemanding so I feel it may be less inspiring for those who read lot in the nature writing genre However it is perfect for the occasional reader like myself who likes generic sweep of unfamiliar parts of Britain taking in flora nd fauna longside manmade monuments nd buildingsI lso enjoyed Somerville s descriptions of his developing relationship with his father wise The Unspeakable Mind and loving without being overly sentimentalnd willing to recognise the mistakes nd misunderstandings of youth Very enjoyable easy to read informative nd inspiring This is Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought a lovely book wonderful use of language too I had its Murder at Beechwood anudiobook nd Was Unsure If Author unsure if uthor best narrator t first in January chapter but fter that I realised he was probably the best narrator Only criticism His bird impersonations ll sounded the same Haha There gain I m no twitcher so others may disagree The January Man was so much than I d expected It was Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space a beautiful piece of nature writing filled with vivid descriptions of theuthor s experience walking the British Isles Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) across the seasons Full of wil. “In January 2006 month or two Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, after my father died I thought I saw himgain – Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil a momentary impression ofn old man little stooped setting off for walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys nd shabby uilted jacket It was walking that first caused rifts between us in my sulky teenage years nd walking that brought us back together later on; Alien: Sea of Sorrows and this ‘ghost’ of Dad has been walkingt my elbow since his death Journey Of Fate as I have ruminated on his great. Dlife observations flavored with bit of folklore some family history Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation and childhood memories it waslso Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. a love letter to his fathernd it was incredibly heartwarming I even teared up while reading it though it wasn t Sad At Any Point However at ny point However was soaked with immense love to which it was hard to remain indifferentI m huge fan of the UK of its language character nature traditions history literature music Holding Up the Universe and people Christopher Somerville s story was gem for me "Because It Was Such " it was such great insight into the life I dream of It felt real It s partly painful partly joyful is uote from this Very Book Which Describes It book which describes it The January Man is perhaps three books in one it is bout Christopher Somerville s month by month year of walking Britain to the tune of The January Man by David Goulder it is Satellite about the incredible wildlifend personal stories of people he meets during the journey Blank Darkness and it islso spiritual journey he takes with his father who passed way ten years before he wrote the book The book has humorous descriptions of Christopher battling for life Makers and limb on the various terrains that hembles The Heart Has Its Reasons across but especially brilliant descriptions of the life he findsll Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism around him For example in March in the valley of Nidderdales Yank I was really enthralled with ll these Middle Earth Westeros names which I have never read or heard beforeThe ewe heaves herself up to stand nd let gravity do the rest nd the lamb drops out onto the grass with Kneller's Happy Campers a slithering thumb the membrane stretchinglongside crimson with red blood p 79The following monthApril becomes the yellow month The countryside is flooded with yellow the oily yellow of celandine stars. Love of walking his prodigious need to do it – Haunted Houses For the Millions and hownd why I walk myself” The January Man is set over one calendar year s month by month region by region Christopher Somerville walks the routes that remind him of his father As he travels the country – from the River Severn to the Lake District the Norfolk Coast to the Isle of Foula off the west coast of Shetland – he describes the history wildlife landscapes nd people he passes down back. Soft sherbet yellow of primroses clear Dayglo golden yellow of dandelions p 98 I really enjoyed the way he brought the countryside Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World alive in these descriptionsnd the wealth of information on the flora Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul and fauna that he discovers fornother nice list of flowers The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records and colors see p 135 Somerville s gift of descriptionlso extends to birdlifeA redshank flies cross my path with white flash of wings calling sharply tieu tieu tieu tieu A lapwing flaps past from path with white flash of wings calling sharply tieu tieu tieu tieu A lapwing flaps past from direction of the river peew peew peeiw hoarser nd expressive than the redshank The Dawn of Christmas a cry very much like cat in distress p149 I sincerely enjoyed the onomatopoeia that he uses to realistically depict birdcallsI think my favorite walks were the one in June on the Ilse of Foula nd in September in Sherwood Forest I certainly have far greater envy to see England outside of the cities which unfortunately Bark arell I have seen thereThe personal Eden's Gate aspect to the bookre the reminiscences of the Her Bear Twins author s father who had served in WW2nd worked until retirement for GCH Bumps, Bruises and Bouncing Back: A Young Woman's Adventures into Womanhood ands most in that generation never really talked bout his experiences During his various hikes in the present the uthor remembers various hikes nd incidents #from his life with his father It was particularly touching when his father loosens up #his life with his father It was particularly touching when his father loosens up fter few beers in the Old Peculiar Pub in August I have to dmit that the book did inspire me to sk my dad with whom I have never spent than few hours lone to go on hike sometime if for no other reason than to "Know A Little About " a little bout s Christopher got to know his dad I really enjoyed this book Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man and would recommend it to those who enjoy walking love naturend of course The Light in Our Houses appreciate good pint. Lanes nd old paths in rain nd fair weatherThis exuisitely written ccount of the British countryside both inspires us to don our boots nd explore the 140000 miles of footpaths How to Get People to Do Stuff: The Psychology of Persuasion across the British Isles butlso illustrates how on long distance walks we can come to n understanding of ourselves nd our fellow walkers Over the hills nd long they by ways Christopher Somerville finally finds the man behind his father’s modest buttoned up wartime facad.